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Should you re-install Windows every year?

Q: Should you re-install Windows every year?

Hi I am sure I am not alone, but I honestly have my machine on literally 20 hours a day non stop working away. Its my work horse especially since I work online running a business.

Anyways - I am noticing a few things going a bit wrong like chkdsk.exe not working and a few other issues.

WOuld you suggest that it is a good thing to re-install a clean version of windows 7 from a previous image you made or is that a waste of time?

I mean, if my image backup has missing and corrupt registry items then I guess whats the point?

Thoughts please!

PS I wouldn't be able to re-build the system I have since there are way too many tweaks and setings to re-do, but I think that I have some issues.....

Maybe I should re-install the registry?

A: Should you re-install Windows every year?

I do mine every 6 months. Just to make sure it's clean.

With your drivers, files, and program installers organised. It's a 2 hour investment every 6 months. And Having a clean image with no updates or programs installed helps.

Why not?

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It has been very frustrating to rebuilding a Windows 7 desktops last year or so.  After the installation of Windows7 Home or Pro SP1 disks click on Check Updates and it could run for 2 days before it lists the 240 updates to install.  Anyway
to speed this up?  I know Microsoft wants us to use Windows 10 but some businesses and older home hardware have to have Windows 7.  I wish and hope this torcher will stop soon and Microsoft comes up with a fix.  Any help is appreciated!!! 

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I was helping a friend who has a Dell Dimension E520 w/ Vista Premium that is a year old this week. He was complaining that IE 7 was freezing up occasionally, his AOL 9.0 vr desktop software would freeze after he downloaded pictures and then tried to view them within the AOL interface. In the last few days it has frozen a few times on the Dell screen that displays his bios information as it starts up.
I ran CCleaner, spybot (found 1 item), trimmed a few items in the Startup and Services tab in Msconfig and even though I'm not familiar with his computer I wasn't happy with the performance after doing these things. Using Firefox was an improvement over IE 7 in performance.
It got me thinking, would it just be better not have done anything and suggested to backup the hard drive and re-install Vista after re-formating the hard drive?

What is your opinion on this? Is it better after a year's use to start from scratch or spend time trying to clean up things?

A:Should I re-install Vista after a year or not

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My system wouldn't start today and I tried a "startup repair" to no avail. A system restore to no avail, and an image recovery. The recovery program wouldn't even detect the image on my external eSATA drive. I didn't know what to do. I tried everything I have learned on this site.

I have had an SSD for more than a year and had turned off superfetch, prefetch and a whole bunch of services, modified the pagefile and had programs spread all over 3 drives. I think my Windows install just "gave up"

I ended up doing a clean install and all is well. Luckily I had all data on different drives so I didn't loose much. I just use my SSD for Windows. There may have been a solution, but sometimes.....does one simply have to do a clean install every year or two? I have heard people say this is the case and with all my system mods....I think it was the case with me....especially with my very complicated system mods.

If anyone has experience with this let me know. Thanks.

P.S. I have been away from the forums for far too long. I need to get back to work helping people. Sorry for not being here to help for a few months. I have been busy with photography and video with my new Canon 500D and 7D. It takes all of my time

A:Clean install every year or two?

I'm in good shape simply going six months like one 64bit RC install saw!

The startup problems were not Windows related on the last build however. I just received the replacement bios chip that will need to be soldered in. But the case lasted 3yrs. despite various dual and multiboots anyways!

The new build? The spare supply first used wiped the first board out! fuming for sure! GGrrrr.... But before the memory was swapped for a different brand requiring a fresh clean install within the first two weeks.

Some people simply prefer a clean install every year or so often simply to keep Windows as fresh as possible. If you are constantly adding and removing a variety of programs the system registry will tend to get loaded up with leftovers there. Drives see other clutter of temp folders left by installers, etc..

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Just F9-ed my system for clean install (twice today for CS) and then- as always- the ordeal of installing a hugh bunch of updates... first check for updates and bang: 132 with a total of 452 meg. I know from previous installations it takes ridiculously long if not forever to get them installed without the risk of failed updates.

Anyway, just want to install SP1 but that one only shows up after doing the first batch of 132 as I noticed this afternoon.
This afternoon I did a clean install and installed 134 updates, but after that my system was screwed somehow. Don't know what went wrong but I couldn't boot and later it said sth like missing profile so I did another clean install cause I'm sick and tired of all the fiddling. That's where I am right now.
Soooo... what am I supposed to do?
Can I skip the individual updates and install SP1 instead?
I've tried to hide all the 132 updates hoping SP1 would show up after a second search for updates but windows update doesn't like that particular trick as SP1 doesn't show up at all...

BTW: 38 min. later since I started downloading it's still at 0% (???)

suggestions on this one, anybody.

A:how am I supposed to install 132 update if it takes a year to do so

I'm sure your mother told you a million times not to exaggerate. Besides, it only takes six months.

Sorry, couldn't resist (running and ducking. All seriousness aside, sadly, there is no easy way to do it that I know of. I ran into similar problems when I tried to do all the updates at once on a new machine earlier this year. the way to avoid problems with that many updates is to do only a few at a time and reboot after each batch. Some of the guys here (In love these forums and the people in them!) suggested doing only five at a time. I got impatient and found I could get away with as many as twenty at a time but I was probably pushing my luck. I had to the same with my notebook when I restored it to the factory state last week and got away with doing the same. I would recommend limiting to 10 or less at a time though. I know that will be time consuming and boring as watching paint dry but, at least, you shouldn't have to do it again anytime soon; mayhap not at all if you take an image of the OS once all the downloads are done (I did it with both of my machines).

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I had to RMA my good video card but I really need internet and such. My motherboard doesn't have onboard graphics. I found an ATI Rage Pro graphics card at a flea market, which is like 10 years old.

I don't get what I hook up to it. There is a 3 pin power thing and a big long pwoer connector with a lot of pins, kind of like an IDE connection.

If someone could help me out that would be great.

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I found a post on this exact topic from back in 2010. I am trying to incorporate the code into my database and am not able to get the code to work if I make any changes. Here is the link to the previous thread:

I have also uploaded the database that was provided in the last post. If I try to change the field and object names I appear to be unsuccessful in having the code still work even when I change the items in the code as well. I woud like some help. I would like for there to be a field called "RequestDate" that has the date stamp that is keyed in by the user. Then after that is keyed in on the form the "AssignmentID" field is updated to the new assignment number. The "RequestDate"="Admit_Date" and "AssignmentID"="ActualFWCNumber". I am trying to do this in Access 2010. If I make changes either the number field doesn't autopopulate or the same number keeps repeating. Any and all assistance on this would be great.

A:Autoincrement field including year - restart each year

tamanthalou, welcome to the forum.
As you have posted the original database a copy of your database with no data in it would be better to understand your problem.

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I've read every post I could find on this so I'm sorry to ask another dumb question but here goes.

I created an access database (volunteer work) which has an autoincrement field to issue numbers to animals taken in at our shelter. My 'boss' (also a volunteer) wants this simple autoincrement changed to a value which begins with the two digit year and then has 4 digits, starting with 0001 which will increment sequentially and restart at 0001 with the new calendar year. Therefore, records will start with 10-0001, 10-0002, etc for this year and 11-0001, 11-0002 for next year.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Autoincrement field including year - restart each year

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I have created
C:\00 - savehere \2012
C:\00 - savehere \2013
C:\00 - savehere \2014

current vba code is:-
ChDir "C:\00 - savehere \2012"
Range("c57:h102").ExportAsFixedFormat Type:=xlTypePDF, Filename:=composedfn & ".pdf"
Is there a way to save to ChDir "C:\00 - savehere \ currentyear
without having to change the vba integer value to each new year? or using if statements for each year? So when the 1st of jan comes it automatically save to the new current year directory and if possible creates a directory at the start of each new year as well?

A:Solved: Save PDF to a year directory each new year or month

If folder exist....

' Does this directory exist? If not, create it.
If objFSO.FolderExists(strParentPath) = False Then
Set newFolder = objFSO.CreateFolder(strParentPath)
Wscript.Echo "Put a ocr fold here" &
'Save it here code'
End If

This will get you the year
CurrentDate = Date
File_Year = DatePart("yyyy",CurrentDate)

You should be able to code it with this info

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I know how to change this but I'm just curious why a fresh and clean install of Windows 7 put the year to 2010 even though I selected my correct timezone during the setup.

A:Clean Install; Date & time shows wrong year

Sounds like the motherboard battery needs to be replaced

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at a wal-mart store. It disappeared from my PC although the year not up until 2016. I saw for a minute the Product Key on my PC but it is now gone alone with all traces of Norton 360> How do I reinstall my product key?

A:I bought a 1 year protection for 1 year Norton 360

I'm not exactly sure what you need but if you're asking how to recover the 360 product key so you can reinstall you might try Belarc: will list most/all? of the product keys associated with your installed software. For anything beyond that you may need to contact Norton.

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I have an installation folder on my main machine(Windows 7) with all my software. I have repeatedly run into issues connecting odd devices to my shared folder. This time I have installed Windows 10 Technical Preview (on a different machine) and don't understand why it tells me I can't access my own machine. After all these years, you would think user friendly would be a reality. It seems to be a coin toss as to which machines will connect. I hate never knowing I can access my own machine without issue. Here I am trying to install applications but yet I can't get to my storage location.

What is the secret to sharing your machine, so that anyone on the same network can access shared folders?

Edit: I always turn on "Network Discovery" and "File and Print Sharing".

A:Network connection issues (year after year)

I'm more brutal via the firewall:

set trust localhost and your lan ip's, eg

then add two rules for only the PRIVATE PROFILE

inbound allow tcp/udp from to any for ports 137-139,445
outbound allow tcp/udp from any to for ports 137-139,445
I use a much more complicate scheme in reality to enforce known vs unknown devices and to segregate WiFI from wired access, but that's just me.

In services, ensure these are running

Bonjour Service ( mDNSResponder)
Network Connections
Network List Service
Network Location Awareness


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Hello guys,

What have you enjoyed so far?

A:Windows 7 almost a year old

Its time for something new.

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I am a user of windows 8.1. I have already reserved windows 10. We all know that windows 10 is going to release soon. What I have heared is that win 10 is free for 1 year. So I am little bit confused that if I ugrade to win 10 now so after 1 year of use I have to pay for it or not?

A:Do I have to pay for windows 10 after one year of use?

No. It doesn't mean it's free only for 1 year. It means that you have 1 year to claim your free copy. You can do the upgrade now or later but if you do it after 29 July 2016 you'll have to buy it so take your time and decide if you want it now. It's not the bad idea to wait 2-3 months while they fix some bugs etc.

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I wonder if Win7 SP1 next year will be the last retailed edition for sale in the market or not. I remember the final boxed version of XP is SP2 and the OEM version is SP3. However Vista Boxed and OEM disc only got SP1 and customers must download SP2 from the Internet themselves !!

I ask this question is because I like to collect and keep the lastest boxed version and oem version of a Windows. So now, I have Vista SP1 OEM and Vista SP1 Boxed Edition. XP SP2 Boxed EDition and XP SP3 OEM edition.

I didn't buy Vista SP1 until I confirmed that there won't be Vista SP2 for sale in the market.

A:Windows 7 SP1 next year...

Quote: Originally Posted by Summer4Ever

I wonder if Win7 SP1 next year will be the last retailed edition for sale in the market or not.

If MS know the answer to that I doubt they will make it public, I think it is a case of wait and see!

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Is my Android Infected? Anybody... That can help me.. I've got Screenshot of Everything

A:windows PC is so last year...

Hi Tpw, as you didn't give any symptoms, I say we should run some scans.MiniToolBoxPlease download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run it.Checkmark the following checkboxes:Flush DNSReport IE Proxy SettingsReset IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsReset FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Users, Partitions and Memory size.Click Go and post the result (Result.txt). A copy of Result.txt will be saved in the same directory the tool is run. Note: When using "Reset FF Proxy Settings" option Firefox should be closed.AdwCleanerPlease download AdwCleaner by Xplode and save to your Desktop.Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool. Vista/Windows 7/8 users right-click and select Run As AdministratorClick on the Scan button.AdwCleaner will patient as the scan may take some time to complete.After the scan has finished, click on the Report button...a logfile (AdwCleaner[R0].txt) will open in Notepad for review.The contents of the log file may be confusing. Unless you see a program name that you know should not be removed, don't worry about it. If you see an entry you want to keep, let me know about it.Copy and paste the contents of that logfile in your next reply.A copy of all logfiles are saved in the C:\AdwCleaner folder which was created when running the tool.Junkware Removal ToolPlease download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop.Shut down your protection... Read more

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Hi all,I came across this and thought it may be usefull to a few people here on the forums, although if you use 16 bit applications you may want to keep this disabled:This security hole is said to affect 32bit Windows operating systemsA CRITICAL FLAW has been found in the Windows NT trap handler that makes all Windows machines wide open to hackers. The problem has been a feature of every Windows system for the last 17 years and no one has noticed. According to Full Disclosure, the security hole in Windows allows users with restricted access to escalate their privileges to system level. It can be done on all 32-bit versions of Windows from Windows NT 3.1 to Windows 7. This is not likely to bother consumers much, but corporate IT managers will be wetting themselves.And the removal instructions. Enabling the "Prevent access to 16-bit applications"1. Start2. Run (Windows key + R)3. Type gpedit.msc and press enter (Run as Administrator if need be) 4. Expand - Computer Configuration5. Expand - Administrative Templates6. Expand - Windows Components 7. Open - Application Compatibility section.8. Double Click 'Prevent access to 16 bit applications'9. Check Enabled10 Click Apply then OkHere is a screenshot to help those having any troubles:

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According to the same site microsoft had promised to patch the hole in security I am afraid I am one of those people who just has automatic updates on and hardly checks to see what I am actually downloading. I guess if some person who shouldnt have admin access especially in a company or business was to get it this way microsoft would have to do a lot of explaining. Its amazing that only after 17 years this hole has been found.

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I'm not sure of what to really ask, so let me just say what the message is that I keep getting!
  A window, that says you have 21 drivers missing  the performance of the screen is very poor at times,

   it takes over 5 minutes for my screen to come up, I can be on a site, and it will freeze up or just take me to another site,  and at first I thought the drivers was for a printer I don't have a printer, please help me and I do not have
a battery in it, I just keep it plugged in!

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Hello Every one, well today I booted to into windows 7 and it just Crashed, (weird I know ) so I tried several reboot attempt, and it would get to the windows LOGO and just crash, i was unable to get the Error went by to fast

I then tried to do a repair, no luck, then tried to do a image restore ( have done a few in the past and they worked ) and the restore image was unable to restore, ( SSD drive was in use-Message )

So i tried to boot just from the SSD itself and said that the MBR was missing ( my first clue something is bad

So i tried to boot in safe mode.. i was able to boot into safe mode

so i just said let me bite the bullet and do a clean install of windows 7, I needed to do one anyways
And i could not do a Clean install of Windows 7( windows cannot be installed on this DISK.)

maybe some of my previous problems have finally come back to bite me

Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated

Thanks in advance

A:1 Year old SSD will not boot into windows

Unplug all other HD's and peripherals,

Boot into BIOS setup, reset to defaults, save changes. If an EFI BIOS you'll need to decide if you want UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS. If UEFI follow these special steps for Install, otherwise enable Legacy BIOS or Compatibility Support Module to proceed with normal install:

Set DVD drive first to boot, HD second, set SATA controller to AHCI, Save changes and Exit.

Then boot into Windows 7 installer DVD or flash stick burned or written using tool and latest ISO for your licensed OS version here. I would use a fresh ISO written with tool in Step 2 as yours is in question.

At first installer screen Press Shift + F10, or enter System Recovery Options to open a Command Box, type:

SELECT DISK 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)

Next click Install Now, then Custom install to Clean Install Windows 7 to the partition you created. If it fails then report back at which step and the verbatim error message.

In addition read over these steps to understand the tools and methods which work best to get and maintain a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. The steps are the same for retail.

After install you can adjust partition size or Create new partitions for data, etc. in Disk Mgmt. You are creating the partition here for the purpose of wiping the HD and marking Active which overcomes certain install failu... Read more

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"Microsoft has announced that its next operating system will be offered as a free upgrade to owners of devices running Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Phone.

The announcement marks a change in strategy to its previous policy of charging for major updates.

The offer, which is limited to the OS's first year of release, may aid its adoption."

A:Windows 10 to be free in its first year

We shall they eventually make sure you pay through the nose for it.

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I have a Gateway PC I bought from BestBuy about 4 years ago. Today I started getting a message that I need to activate windows 7 !!!!! It has been working fine for years ! How am I supposed to activate it ? I have done NO work or modifications to the PC.
Now I know why people switch to Macs !

A:activate windows - on 4 year old PC ?

Click on activate to do it online? If it fails, call MS Support Center and let they deal with the issue.

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I have windows XP media edition on a Gateway 510XL 3.2 mhz machine. My AVG was expiring so I decided to try another program. I got McAfee security suite and installed it on my system. I had problems on the install (conflict with ad-aware plus) and tried to reinstall. Before reinstall I picked up a bug that automatically resets my home page to every time I reboot.

I installed McAfee and my system ran very slow and the date was reset to 1970 and cannot be changed. I removed McAfee and now the date is fixed at 1990. Is this progress?

Checked the BIOs and it had the same year.

Rechecked the BIOs date was 4/09/1990

Replaced battery, no change BIOs date is 4/10/1990
reset the BIOS date to 4/09/2007
saved and started reboot
reentered BIOS F2 on the bootup date was 4/09/2007
at XP Welcome screen selected "administrator"
date error message appeared
The Windows start up sound (tones) stops half way through
Check Processes running
there is a Nortons.exe that has to be deleted before the boot will complete fully
there are also some unknown processes running that would give me alerts when I had the McAfee security system installed that they were trying to access the internet.
there are two others but they disappear quickly
These are listed as "administrator" files

Time appears to be correct at 22:51
replaced battery no change
rebooted - changed bios date remained 4-10-1990

A:Windows year will not reset

Sounds like you should try a new battery. If that solves the date/time problem, then run an HJT scan and put it in the Security forum for analysis.

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So I bought a used PC which had Windows 7 Ultimate about a year ago. It's a somewhat old desktop PC, 4GB RAM, average stuff, nothing extraordinary but not a dinosaur either. A couple days ago a message started popping up saying I needed to validate my Windows; quite odd since I'd been using the computer for a year already. Anyways, I downloaded the program suggested by the message, and it said Microsoft couldn't complete the validation process. I should also mention that I want to upgrade to Windows 10 but don't have any of the required updates, which also don't appear on W. Update.
I downloaded the MGADiag thing, if it's any use. If my Windows turns out to be invalid, what can I do? Will I still be able to download Win 10?
(Btw sorry if some of the code is in Spanish, English isn't my native language)

Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 50
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-TMVMJ-BBMRX-3MBMV
Windows Product Key Hash: 55n8g6xdzhe4AOWhmTzdzQoLfa4=
Windows Product ID: 00426-292-0000007-85297
Windows Product ID Type: 5
Windows License Type: Retail
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010100.1.0.001
ID: {23BCBB47-03CF-4D98-BD1E-76874EBA024B}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Ultimate
Architecture: 0x00000000
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_gdr.15031... Read more

A:Invalid Windows 7 after year's use

The installed Product Key is the Default Key - which can never be legally activated.
The motherboard is a retail one.
The activation was circumvented by installation of an Activation Exploit - which Windows eventually discovered after installation of KB971033.

The current installation is therefore counterfeit.
Is there a COA sticker for Windows on the machine's case anywhere?

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Windows XP the third-most popular OS after 15 years
It seems crazy to think that there are people out there using a 15-year-old operating system, but it’s happening. In fact, so many people are still running Windows XP right now that it is currently the third-most popular OS in use.
Microsoft actually stopped supporting Windows XP two years ago, which means the platform no longer sees updates of any kind — not even critical security patches. What’s more, even third-party developers like Google have stopped supporting it.
Despite all this, Windows XP’s 10.9 percent share of the market means it has a larger install base than Apple’s latest OS X El Capitan software (4.05 percent), and Windows 8.1 (9.56 percent). Windows 10 just about beats it with 14.15 percent...
Windows 7 still reigns king, with a whopping 51.89 percent share of the user base.
Remark:   This is NOT surprising.   Windows XP was a very "solid" OS... especially in comparison to its predecessor (Win ME) and successor (Vista).   It worked very well, and people liked it.   And let's face it:  people don't throw away "appliances" [be it a computer, microwave, refrigerator, and especially a car] just because its warrantee period has expired.
So okay, a computer is not a car. &nbs... Read more

A:15 year-old Windows XP the 3rd-most popular OS

Yep...totally agree. A much more intuitive interface and a much simpler format and layout. You could find where to go and how to get stuff done without having to conduct a self directed search wondering where everything was changed to or hidden. Vista wasn't so bad and has worked well on my old XPS-420 but Windows 7 started the veer toward the dark side. If this machine fails I am going shopping for a rehabbed Dell with Winndows 7. Have no need or desire to have a screen full of tiles that I have to swipe.
I did some temp work a few years ago for a major health insurance company as they were ramping up for ACA. The OS they were upgrading from was DOS! That was an interesting experience, to say the least. Had so many programs open we had to use two monitors.

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I've been having a problem with my Windows 7 x64 machine BSOD on me a few times a month for over a year!

I've finally reached the breaking point and have asked for help!

Attached is a rar of all my minidump files. Please let me know if you need anything else.

I appreciate your help!

A:Windows 7 x64 - BSOD - Over a year

Hi -

There were 50 total BSOD dumps (the max retained by Windows 7) dating back to January 2012.

To start with, update Asus ATK0110 mobo utility driver. This 2005 version is known to cause BSODs -

ASACPI.sys Sun Mar 27 22:30:36 2005 (42476C4C)

Remove ElbyCD for now -

ElbyCDIO.sys Thu Dec 17 17:25:16 2009 (4B2AAFCC)

If BSODs continue, run Driver Verifier -

Regards. . .



Debug session time: Wed Apr 17 20:29:40.379 2013 (GMT-4)
Loading Dump File [C:\Users\PalmDesert\SysnativeBSODApps\041713-36987-01.dmp]
Built by: 7601.17835.amd64fre.win7sp1_gdr.120503-2030
System Uptime: 2 days 14:32:03.830
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for win32k.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for win32k.sys
Probably caused by : ntkrnlmp.exe ( nt!FsRtlTeardownPerStreamContexts+e2 )
BugCheck 19, {20, fffffa800a7cf6f0, fffffa800a7cf7a0, 40bffff}
BugCheck Info: BAD_POOL_HEADER (19)
Bugcheck code 00000019
Arg1: 0000000000000020, a pool block header size is corrupt.
Arg2: fffffa800a7cf6f0, The pool entry we were looking for within the page.
Arg3: fffffa800a7cf7a0, The next pool entry.
Arg4: 00000000040bffff, (reserved)... Read more

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Hello community. Me and my wife, have a PC with Win8.1 installed. The thing is that the constant requirement of entering user passwords everything we switch is very annoying.

Is there anyway to bypass password screens for all users when Windows are booting or when we change users?

Thank in advance for your time

A:Multi-year Windows 8.1 without passwords

Hi Gonik, welcome to the Eight Forums.

That can be done using a Local Account. Windows 8 and 8.1 can use either a Microsoft Account or a Local Account, difference being that a Microsoft Account is connected to an email address. As an email account always requires a password it cannot be removed, therefore the password is also required when signing in to Windows. To put it very short, a Microsoft Account always needs a password.

A Local Account is traditional Windows user account as used in Windows 7 and earlier versions. It may or may not have a password, as user has selected, and even if the password is selected it can be removed. When a Local Account is used in Windows 8 or 8.1, the user can select a separate and individual email account to be used with each Windows Store App needing an email account.

Local Account - Switch to in Windows 8Local Account Password - Change or Remove in Windows 8Windows Store - Sign in with Different Microsoft Account in Windows 8

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1300 running on Windows XP. It always says the year is 2005. The month and the day are correct, just not the year, and the time is always a few minutes off.

Every time you try to adjust it in the Date/Time section and click apply, it immediately goes back to 2005.

I have also gone into BIOS and changed it there, but when I exit BIOS and the computer starts, the year is always back to 2005.

I have done every diagnostic scan Dell told me to do several times and the hardware says it's fine. I even replaced my battery for good measure.

Please help! The date affects all my file dates which causes a lot of problems for me.


A:Wrong Year (2005) in Windows XP

Hello and Welcome to TSF

You say you already changed the CMOS battery?

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Hi, I have an old (but working amazingly good!) 64bit processor HP Compaq 6730s, upgraded with a SSD drive and 8gb DDR2 ram memory. Currently it is dual-booting running windows 7 home premium, 64 bit edition, pretty smoothly -it has given no problems so far, and Ubuntu 14.04. I am pretty tempted to upgrade to windows 10, but given that it is a relatively old computer, I am not sure wether the hardware will be fully compatible with w10... and also I do not want to loose my partitions! So what do you recommend me... shall I go for it? Thank you very much for your help and for creating amazing computers like the 6730s! Gonzalo

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A:Windows 10 in my 7 year-old HP Compaq 6730s -should I try it...

Hi: I have the elitebook 6930p which has basically the same hardware as your model. W10 works just fine on mine, but I do not have a webcam, nor do I use the fingerprint reader or protect tools security software, so I cannot confirm that those work on W10. You should be able to recover to W7 very easily if you do not delete the windows.old folder. To revert, go to settings>update and secuity>

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Dear tech support,

(Since this is my first post here, I hope it is in the right forum. My apologies if it isn't!)

The title pretty much describes the question I'm asking myself right now. I just noticed that all files, folders and software from the last year are missing. The most recent data is from May 2nd and onwarts (just the things I did on my pc since then), anything before that date is gone until april 2012. So basically there is a 1-year gap from which all data seems to have been removed.

More curiously: files, folders and software I have deleted in the past, are now back in the place they once were. This leads to me think that, somehow, my pc has performed/suffered a rollback of about a year after the Windows updates from May 2nd.

The whole thing puzzles me completely, never have I experienced something like this. Googling for information didn't help much either, nowhere could I find a similar story. Contacting the online Windows support chat resulted in a constant 'no employees are available', hence I decided to raise my question here.

Basically I want to ask you: do you have any idea what has happened and/or what to do about it? I am just clueless.

Some additional information:
- I am running Windows 7 Home Premium service pack 1
- My PC is about 5 years old, the oldest data dates back to 2008 and 2009. As mentioned, the old data is still present, it's just the most recent year or so that's gone
- The problem seems to have started after a large Windows update ... Read more

A:Did windows perform a 1-year rollback, by itself?

Windows restore from a recovery point does not affect user data only Windows system files. Even if you rolled back to a point that was a year old the user data would stay. It sounds more like a backup was restored but without user intervention I don't see how that would happen.

What do you use, if anything, for backup?

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This just in from ZDnet by Ed Bott, that MSFT will cease to allow new machines to be sold with Win7 on them.  I've not read the article yet, but it should be self explanatory.  So do your shopping now. That's what I'm going to do.  Now.
Ironically, I just now uploaded three videos showing what business laptops are being sold by Lenovo, Dell, HP to prove that they aren't selling Win10 machines.  They are using Win8.1 licenses' downgrade rights to sell Win7.  The videos are updates on the ones I did back at the beginning of September, to see if the September results were still valid.
You can see the videos here (Dell), here (HP) and here (Lenovo, but the video shows the Win7 machines sold out);  vids were made 10/26 and at least Dell has radically changed its website interface now.  The videos are boring, though.  Better to just go to the websites, instead.
The Dell machines shown in the video are mostly gone, now; or, the website redesign makes it look that way.  The machines shown in the video are now (right now, this minute) showing as only available preconfigured in Win7Pro 64 or Win10.  When just now I did a mock purchase, those were the only options:  not, Win8.  You'll find more Win8 machines available on HP.
Thank you for your time.  So much of my life would be so much worse, were it not for BC.  I hope to 'give back'.  Thank you again.

A:Windows 7 new PC sales have only one year left

I was talking to a tech at Eset while  he was fixing my computer and He told me that Microsoft was not going to give updates to win 7 much longer. Hope that he is wrong.

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Hi, I found a great release for iPhone 7 that is InkCase i7 from Oaxis, but now I am wondering for this technology for my windows fablet too. Is there any possibility to get this smart case with a extra display soon?
Have a nice day.

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I can't post to the News yet, so I will put some good news for Redmond here.

Nearly half of 1,200 companies surveyed by a veteran technology analyst plan to deploy Windows 7 in its first year of availability, and another 11 percent say they will make the shift as soon as Microsoft releases the first service pack update for the new operating system.

Survey: 50% of businesses to deploy Windows 7 in first year

A:50% of businesses to deploy Windows 7 in first year

We will most likely be deploying it on all of our Vista based machines. Have been running Technet RTM copies on several of the older ones to make sure all is well...

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I built this computer about a year ago and installed a legit upgrade copy of Windows 7 Ultimate (installed a friend's copy of Windows 7 just to get through the upgrade process). I've had no problems with the OS until a few days ago when I noticed one of my USB devices turned off (a PS3 controller configured with MotionJoy). Then I noticed Windows came up with several notices claiming it wasn't genuine. It was displayed in popups and in the bottom right-hand corner of my desktop.

Apparently, Microsoft Security Essentials triggered it. This wasn't the first time I've had to deal with a validation issue in a Windows PC. I usually just had to run the validation tool and be done with it. However, when I ran the tool this time, it simply took me to a screen where I could buy a new copy of Windows 7 Ultimate (or a new activation key?) to resolve missing security files. Obviously I'm not going to do that, but I'm running out of options other than perhaps running the Windows 7 Ultimate upgrade installer again and hoping that it returns Windows to default.

As it stands, I've tried reactivating, but it gives me an error message. I've tried running Windows Update because it seems that it stopped updating on the 21st, and that's when the latest security pack was installed. However, I get a code C0000022 error whenever I try to update. Should I just redo my upgrade installation or is there some other way to fix this? I'd appreciate a... Read more

A:Almost a year later, Windows claims it's not genuine.

I built this computer about a year ago and installed a legit upgrade copy of Windows 7 Ultimate (installed a friend's copy of Windows 7 just to get through the upgrade process).Click to expand...

The upgrade copy may have been legit, but a new computer requires a genuine full price copy of Windows. Even if you paid (the discounted price) for the upgrade it is not legit on a new computer. We cannot help with this issue.

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Just recieved this on my newsfeedWindows 10 upgrade to be 'free' for one year - BBC newsIn my opinion this is fantastic news, as most of my devices are running windows 7/8.1 which should be eligable for a free upgrade.I have been toying around with windows 10 in a virtual machine and have found it's performance very good for a technical preview, have to wait and see what the finished product will be like.message edited by thomasad

A:Windows 10 upgrade to be 'free' for one year

Thanks for the heads up. Unfortunately the BBC news left out the fine print shown on Windows 10 page on Microsoft's site here. Quoted: ?It is our intent that most of these devices will qualify, but some hardware/software requirements apply and feature availability may vary by device. Devices must be connected to the internet and have Windows Update enabled. ISP fees may apply. Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update required. Some editions are excluded: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, and Windows RT/RT 8.1. Active Software Assurance customers in volume licensing have the benefit to upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise outside of this offer. We will be sharing more information and additional offer terms in coming months.?Also quoted is the need to sign up for email for the upgrade offer using your Microsoft account.i_Xp/Vista/W7Usermessage edited by XpUser

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I have had a Compaq CQ62-219wm for over a year; however, now I get a message indicating that my Windows 7 Home Premium x64 is not genuine. Upon downloading a key finder software, I noted that the product key has "Trial" indicated (in spaces 6-10). Could this be a result of not activating within 30 days? My service protection is enabled.

Please find additional info below:

Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
Windows Validation Data-->
Validation Code: 50
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-QCPVQ-KHRB8-RMV82
Windows Product Key Hash: +Rj3N34NLM2JqoBO/OzgzTZXgbY=
Windows Product ID: 00359-OEM-8992687-00095
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010300.1.0.003
ID: {664C77BE-0A8A-4990-8481-72E155002C97}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Home Premium
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_gdr.120503-2030
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A
Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGA Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
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A:Getting non-genuine windows message; have had cpu over a year

We can't do anything until you post the FULL report, unedited.

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I have a 3 year old notebook running Win 7 Pro/sp1 x32. For various reasons, I have not used it since early in 2015 and kept it shut off. It's a nice little travel companion, but had been replaced by a more powerful Dell laptop more suitable to my current needs. It occurred to me the notebook could still serve as a nice platform for testing programs, rather than risk my workhorse desktop - also running Win 7. Then I realized that absolutely no updates to Windows or to programs had been made in almost 2 years. (Don't try this at home!) So I fired it up, and rolled up my sleeves.First stop was Windows Update, to see what I had missed. The search for updates took all night. Turns out there were only about 90 Important and 40 optional updates listed, totaling almost half a GB, waiting for download. Included were 15-20 of those pesky .Net Framework updates. Yikes! Where to begin?So I selected the one at the top - a Cumulative Update for IE 11, published in Aug/2016 - as a reasonable one to test first. It got hung up at 5% into the download, and timed out. Back to the desktop, where things had slowed down to a crawl. Task Manager showed that svchost.exe was hogging between 50-100% of the CPU. Great, there are only about a dozen processes that use svchost. But one of those services is for  Windows Updater, which was running under manual mode. But stopping that service didn't seem to speed things up in general.Since system slowdowns can be caused by malware spoofing ... Read more

A:Windows Updates after a 1.5 Year Hiatus

I make it a point to turn on all my home PCs at least monthly --- specifically, for the sake of Windows Updates.   I'll typically also run Secunia's PSI, to help upgrade any other programs (typically browsers) I have on these systems.
Win7 (laptop, but which I use as if it were a desktop) is my primary system, my workhorse, for all daily chores.   Surprising, WinXP (laptop) is my secondary system... I keep it in the bedroom, so I don't have to carry my Win7 around the house.   I'm amazed how much can still be done on an XP system... especially since I downloaded and started using avast's SafeZone browser.   I also have an 8.1 tablet, which I use occasionally, but find its onscreen keyboard inconvenient when I wish to do a lot of typing [and this explains why my WinXP retains its secondary position in my household].

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New member,Hi to the group
Ok, I upgraded the ram from 0.5 to 2 but it runs like a charm excuse the pun
my button for the mouse thing on my very basic laptop was broke, so I am using a USB mouse with a wheel
and I think that helps with the scrolling, my learning curve was about an hour but I have used windows phone
so I think that helped, the cd drive was broke so installed by USB, very impressed with that, all in all very pleased.
Well done MS you have a winner on your hands.

A:Running Windows 8 RTM on 7 year old laptop

Interesting, is that laptop's screen resolution running at native? Just curious.

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Now, at the end of dec, are the bugs pretty much worked out?
Or are people still experiencing problems and rough edges with kaspersky on win10?

A:windows 10 and kaspersky 2016 -- end of year

I think actual KTS/KIS2016MR0d is quite stable in W10, anyway there is a new 2016MR1 in RC (Release Candidate) stage that will come (official release) probably in January 2016, which comes with better support for W10, and some new improvements...

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This article SEEMS to say that although MS no longer makes patches for Windows XP, (stopped after April 8th, 2014) they have something called Custom Support, where for $200 a year, those who simply cannot update their Windows XP systems due to backwards compatibility issues, could still get Windows XP patches.

How is this possible? Can someone explain what the article means in terms of the Windows XP user?


A:Solved: Windows XP? Custom Supprort? Pay MS $200 a Year.

As the article says, if you are a large company with a Custom Support Agreement Microsoft is required to keep up some support for three more years. And, for XP apparently it's costing those large companies about $200 per PC (per year?). For XP users not in a large company it means nothing.

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I'm sure you've all heard the news about Windows 10, the question now is what are you going to do.

A:Will You Be Upgrading To Windows 10 During Its Free For A Year Phase?

 I just wanted to participate in the poll 

Yes I will. :D

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Hi. I was playing "Jazz Jackrabbit 2" on my computer, and it crashed with some kind of application error several times in a couple of hours. I've attached a screenshot of the error window(s). Also, for next time, how do I place an image inline in a post?

One more thing. Can someone give me a little information or links to information about what the Assembly Language registers pertain to in the Application Error windows of the screenshot? I've just started teaching myself Assembly Language, so I'm curious

A:What could cause a 17-year-old game to crash on a modern Windows 7?!

I`m shocked you could even install a 17 year old game

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Hey Everyone, new member here!

I've been reading this forum for years, but never had the need to ask a question myself until now... I'm hoping anyone can help me figure out what the heck is

wrong with my computer... I simply CANNOT use Microsoft Update! This has been the case for about a year I think, and I have never found a solution to it

and I have tried everything I read online and nothing will fix it....

- Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
- Sony Vaio VPCF127FX (3 years old)
- Bitdefender Total Security 2013
- Disabled windows firewall/anti-virus/defender
- When trying to 'check for updates', I always get this error:
And error occured while checking for new updates for your computer. Error(s) Found: Code 80073712
- Cannot Install Internet Explorer 9!!
Things I've tried:
- My computer cannot run/execute SFC utility in prompt. It always gives this error:
Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation.
- I've tried Microsoft Fix it and it finds no problems
- I've tried the latest 'System Update and Readiness Tool'
- I'm confident it has nothing to do with bitdefender. Even so, I've disabled it and removed it to see if it was an issue and this problem is the same.

- Checking Windows Event Logs Gives This information:
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A:Windows Update Error - 80073712 (For Over A Year!)

have you tried running SFC from safe mode. I never run it in normal mode.

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First of all, I have had this laptop for about a year. It worked fine with almost no problems. Until today where I got a prompt saying Windows was not genuine and the screen turned black with the words:

"Windows 7
Build 7601
This copy of Windows is not genuine" in the lower right hand corner.

I ran the MGADiag tool and here are the results

Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 50
Cached Online Validation Code: 0x0
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-YG69F-9M66D-PMJBM
Windows Product Key Hash: /kehptF9HHVxM5d8dUnqgcfndXw=
Windows Product ID: 00426-OEM-8992662-00497
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010100.1.0.001
ID: {2783BDAD-6150-40CE-B513-F3C9FE00507D}(3)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Ultimate
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_gdr.130318-1533
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A

Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x... Read more

A:Windows 7 not genuine anymore after one year of usage.

You have a counterfeit installation using the infamous stolen Lenova key.

Buy a retail version of Windows from a reputable store, format, then install.

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Hello all. For two weeks now I've been trying to help an 84 year old veteran fix his virus infected 2 year old Windows 8 Gateway (Walmart) desktop. The poor old guy was a first time PC buyer when he purchased this PC two years ago, & didn't comprehend the implications of not renewing his anti-virus 60 day trial version. Consequently after continuing to operate his PC online for almost two years afterwards, he got badly infected. I went over there to help him a couple of weeks ago & it was obviously infected. I installed Malewarebytes, which found over 2100 malewares & 7 trojans... I've used factory restore from both inside Windows 8 & from boot, & it of course works but won't validate Windows 8 once it completes. I've even tried clearing cmos to no avail. It simply cannot read the encrypted product ID key from the UEFI bios. I could go into another (horrible) story about the third party out of warranty support vendor Acer references on their site, but really what good would it do at this point? Does anyone have a fix for this? Thanks in advance for your time, consideration, & effort!regards, Frank

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A:Factory restore on 2 year old Windows 8 Gateway fa...

i would try to use the Microsoft phone activation before installing windows 7 (need to set Leagacy, disable secure boot, sometimes you need to update your BIOS too to have CSM option) from windows 8 desktop press:windows key logo + rtypeslui.exe 4press enter Choose to activate by phone then follow on screen instructions.

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I have an Asus K53E laptop that I purchased a little over a year ago and I bought it from Best Buy with an extended plan etc. The computer pops up with a message about not a genuine windows and after having three computer guys "repair" it now it is losing drivers for windows. In order to get it to boot I have to tell it to drop windows signature to see my desktop. I have been told this is a RAM problem and to download the drivers from the Asus site which I did and it did nothing. Seems to be a windows boot problem and I am tired of spending money on this machine. I have already spent its worth in repair people to constantly recover the machine. Laptops should last longer than a year I would assume. Now this one is an expensive paperweight. Any ideas?

A:year old Asus drops drivers to Windows 7

To properly analyse and solve problems with Activation and Validation, we need to see a full copy of the report produced by the MGADiag tool
(download and save to desktop - )
Once saved, run the tool.
Click on the Continue button, which will produce the report.
To copy the report to your response, click on the Copy button in the tool (ignore any error messages at this point), and then paste (using either r-click/Paste, or Ctrl+V ) into your response.
- **in your own thread**, please

Please also state the Version and Edition of Windows quoted on your COA sticker (if you have one) on the case of your machine (or inside the battery compartment), but do NOT quote the Key on the sticker!
How to Tell

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I currently have an hp paviliondv4 (4gb RAM, 2.2GHZ with windows 7 and avast anti virus). I just bought and returned a Samsung NP550 (6GB RAM, 2.5GHZ with windows 8 and Kepersky security). As soon as I began surfing the net I noticed my new 600 dollar purchase was actually slower than my hp. I ran numerous speed tests and found out my less powerful hp was dogging my brand new more powerful computer. Best buy refunded the purchase completely but not with out a fight. At first they said it was not the computers fault and the Samsung was indeed faster as they pointed out the .3 GHZ advantage it had over the 2.2GHZ hp. They said internet speed is the only factor when speed testing...NONSENSE. I tested both computers on the same internet and the hp was faster in every category every time.The tech and I speed tested the two laptops once side by side and the hp won. Still he said It's not the computer. I told them to have a side by side race with my hp 50 times on the same internet opening a page and playing a video and that's when they refunded me completely including setup. I went to the back of the store and the display model was out performing my hp. Now I'm thoroughly confused. Maybe the display has a different security program? Is this a windows 8 issue? could Kapersky be causing lag? Did I get a defected model?
hp has AMD processor and the Samsung has core i5

A:New windows 8 Samsung Laptop is slower than 3 year old HP

It's between Kaspersky and Defective WiFi module.

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Hello all. For two weeks now I've been trying to help an 84 year old veteran fix his virus infected 2 year old Windows 8 Gateway (Walmart) desktop. The poor old guy was a first time PC buyer when he purchased this PC two years ago, & didn't comprehend the implications of not renewing his anti-virus 60 day trial version. Consequently after continuing to operate his PC online for almost two years afterwards, he got badly infected. I went over there to help him a couple of weeks ago & it was obviously infected. I installed Malewarebytes, which found over 2100 malewares & 7 trojans... I've used factory restore from both inside Windows 8 & from boot, & it of course works but won't validate Windows 8 once it completes. I've even tried clearing cmos to no avail. It simply cannot read the encrypted product ID key from the UEFI bios. I could go into another (horrible) story about the third party out of warranty support vendor Acer references on their site, but really what good would it do at this point? Does anyone have a fix for this? Thanks in advance for your time, consideration, & effort!regards, Frank

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A:Factory restore on 2 year old Windows 8 Gateway fa...

i would try to use the Microsoft phone activation before installing windows 7 (need to set Leagacy, disable secure boot, sometimes you need to update your BIOS too to have CSM option) from windows 8 desktop press:windows key logo + rtypeslui.exe 4press enter Choose to activate by phone then follow on screen instructions.

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Hello all. For two weeks now I've been trying to help an 84 year old veteran fix his virus infected 2 year old Windows 8 Gateway (Walmart) desktop. The poor old guy was a first time PC buyer when he purchased this PC two years ago, & didn't comprehend the implications of not renewing his anti-virus 60 day trial version. Consequently after continuing to operate his PC online for almost two years afterwards, he got badly infected. I went over there to help him a couple of weeks ago & it was obviously infected. I installed Malewarebytes, which found over 2100 malewares & 7 trojans... I've used factory restore from both inside Windows 8 & from boot, & it of course works but won't validate Windows 8 once it completes. I've even tried clearing cmos to no avail. It simply cannot read the encrypted product ID key from the UEFI bios. I could go into another (horrible) story about the third party out of warranty support vendor Acer references on their site, but really what good would it do at this point? Does anyone have a fix for this? Thanks in advance for your time, consideration, & effort!regards, Frank

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A:Factory restore on 2 year old Windows 8 Gateway fa...

i would try to use the Microsoft phone activation before installing windows 7 (need to set Leagacy, disable secure boot, sometimes you need to update your BIOS too to have CSM option) from windows 8 desktop press:windows key logo + rtypeslui.exe 4press enter Choose to activate by phone then follow on screen instructions.

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...and told him to open calculator. I had him start on the Desktop. He first looks for the Start button, to no avail. Looking confused, he thinks for a second, the just starts typing "calculator" on the Desktop. After that doesn't work, he starts clicking around until he accidentally grabs the top of the screen and pins it on the side. He then clicks in the empty space and makes it to the Start screen. Then, he looks for calculator in my pinned things, and after no success, he then types "calculator" again and successfully opens the program. His first comments "well, it will take some getting use to, but it's no big deal." I then show him how the Start button actually is there, just hidden. He affirms that yeah it's no big deal, just will take some getting used to.

Later, he was watching me use my PC, and I downloaded the Wikipedia app and pinned it. After that, I put down the computer and played some Xbox with him beside me. He's very interested in history, so he picks up the computer, and goes into the Wikipedia app. He asks me how to search in the app, and I showed him how to use Charms. After that, he was using it as if he had his whole life. He searches some Wikipedia, then when he can't find what he wanted there, he goes back to Start (using the hidden button) and hit the IE icon (which sends him to the desktop) and uses it to search and find things. I show him how he could bring up the recent apps menu to quickly go back to Wikipedia, an... Read more

A:So I gave a 13 year old tech-noob my Windows 8 PC...

I gave my ape a 13 year old computer and......nevermind

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I'm new to the forum so my apologies for any mistakes. Over a year ago I brought a new laptop with Windows 8. Of course, I wanted to have windows 7 on so found out how to downgrade. Now, a year later, I believe i have done something wrong as I am now being told my windows is not activated (Build 7601) and that the version of Windows I have is Ultimate (which if I downgraded correctly it shouldn't be).

I still have the Windows 8 OEM licence code stored on the BIOS. I was wondering if anyone can help me either:

Correctly activate Windows 7 from where I am now and without having to rebuild my laptop?


Update to a legitimate version of Windows 8 using my OEM licence so that I can then get the free upgrade to Windows 10?

I really would prefer not to rebuild my computer from scratch

Thank you for any help

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Microsoft have at last seemed to clarify the situation with windows 10 and updates / subscription service

Finally we seem to have the answer
it will be free
Microsoft commits to 10-year support lifecycle for Windows 10
It's been a bad week for conspiracy theorists. As the Windows 10 launch nears, Microsoft is clearing up loose ends. Today's announcement of a 10-year support commitment for Windows 10 should remove one persistent bit of FUD from the discussion.Click to expand...

A:Microsoft commits to 10-year support lifecycle for Windows 10

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It's been a bad week for conspiracy theorists. As the Windows 10 launch nears, Microsoft is clearing up loose ends. Today's announcement of a 10-year support commitment for Windows 10 should remove one persistent bit of FUD from the discussion.

With the global launch of Windows 10 less than two weeks away, Microsoft's lawyers and business managers are finishing the pieces of the puzzle that don't involve code.

Earlier this week, Microsoft published its license terms for Windows 10. Today, the company updated its support lifecycle policy for the new OS. In the process, they've cleared up the confusion over a phrase that defines the new Windows 10 servicing model.

Read more here

A:Microsoft commits to 10-year support lifecycle for Windows 10

Those who have reserved windows 10 should have an email today
which also has a FAQ section - including the cost
Windows 10 FAQ & Tips ? Microsoft

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The flaw, which took Microsoft more than 12 months to fix, affects all users who connect to business, corporate, or government networks using the Active Directory service. The database is built into Windows and acts as a combination traffic cop and security guard, granting specific privileges to authorized users and mapping where on a local network various resources are available. The bug—which Microsoft classifies as MS15-011 and the researcher who first reported it calls Jasbug—allows attackers who are in a position to monitor traffic passing between the user and the Active Directory network to launch a man-in-the-middle exploit that executes malicious code on vulnerable machines.
"All computers and devices that are members of a corporate Active Directory may be at risk," warned a blog post published Tuesday by JAS Global Advisors, the firm that reported the bug to Microsoft in January 2014. "The vulnerability is remotely exploitable and may grant the attacker administrator-level privileges on the target machine/device. Roaming machines—Active Directory member devices that connect to corporate networks via the public Internet (possibly over a Virtual

15-year-old bug allows malicious code execution in all versions of Windows

A:15-year-old bug allows malicious code execution in all versions of Windows

This hasn't been offered to me, it isn't listed in windows update and it isn't installed already. My system: windows 8, toshiba laptop. I don't know whether this vilnerability is one that can and will affect all users, or only those who are making particular types of connections to particular types of network. Being classified as a "remote code execution" type by microsfot the bug sounds pretty severe, so it would be helpful to know whether only some system types are vulnerable to this.

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I have the same machine, and I am running windows 10 Home the only problem is none of my drivers well update. How do I fix this problem?

A:Windows 10 insider on my 7 year old HP a6433w Vista machine!

Hi, Typically W10 will update when it's good and ready provided there are driver updates available. Double check the update settings under the Settings---->Update and Security--->Advanced Options.   If the above is OK then review this information. I am running W10 on a seven year old VISTA laptop and W10 really didn't have any driver updates other than what is built into W10.  In fact, I have to use a VISTA update to get one of my devices working.  You may have to do the same.

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Hello, 7 years ago I bought HP G 62 laptpp  came with windows 7 home premium, yesterday the HDD gone faulty and I had to replace it.
I nstalled window 7 and I need to activate it and I haven"t the windows key because the laptop supplied without windows key. I don"t know what I have to do. I lost my old HDD and lost everything encluded the old windows 7 home premium .
I need help.somebody guid me what I should do to solve this problem.
THe information for this laptop:
Type:                HP G62
Number:  WM954EA# AB4
[personal information removed]

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Hello everyone,
I'm new to this forum and I need help desperately!
I have Windows 7x64 boot camped on my Imac (Snow Leopard)
All is fine on the mac side but the windows side, not so much.
When I boot into windows it starts, the windows logo comes up.
Then the black screen with white cursor (cursor is moveable)
The colored circle spins about 3 times and goes away.
25-30 min later the blue welcome screen comes on.
I will get the 0x80070017 error
Seems as the whole system has gone from 100mph to 1/4 mph
In my memory it seems that the windows side was in the process
of updating (which it seems to do every hour) like 1 of 8 and
don't you dare interrupt. I think I did the unthinkable!
I shut it down and booted back to the mac.
So when I try to boot back to the W7 it looks like it's pay back time.
Iv'e tried safe mode, system restore (which has said it failed while
copying the registry from the restore point, an unspecified error ocured
during system restore)
I do not see any explanation points in my device manager.
Any help to fix this would be so appreciated. Iv'e been working on this a week!

A:Windows 7 in bootcamp partition- won't start after being fine for year

That error message has to do with a bad media. Were you trying to install Windows using a DVD ? I sugguest you use a USB flash drive . Click this link to see how to go about creating a bootable USB drive with Windows 7 installation files.

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

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Windows XP Home SP2
I am trying to help an 82 year old guy fix his computer, he uses it to talk with his daughter in China and e-mail her etc.
When he tries to send pics or anything in the e-mail it sends like 97 or 98 copies. only one person he has sent to says that it had said not to open anything cause there was a virus, he does not no what it was. He showed me 3 pages of 28 he printed out to show me and it is 3 pages of rrooefnqohfanfajl;335i43kl;nakfjafafmn, stuff like that. He has norton antivirus and it is upto date.he said he ran it and it showed nothing, I told him to run it again right before I came home to do this, he lives 20 miles from me. He did not know he had sp2, but he was on auto for windows updates so it downloaded it for him. he had norton firewall running and of course windows firewall was running by default so I turned the windows one off.

I ran adware SE Personal 1.05 and caught 40 files, mostly tracking cookies, rans spyware and caught 5 DSO Exploit, 3 Wild Tangents, 1 Hotbar, 1 WebTrends Live, Ran spyblaster and got him covered there, ran cwshredder and caught nothing, check defrag and he didn;'t need it, deleted all temp files and cookies, and history, saw Backweb 137903 in his program files if that means anytning.

Here is his HJT Log

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 5:50:48 PM, on 10/23/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss... Read more

A:Windows XP home sp2-82 year old man needs help-virus-e-mail 98 at a time

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Hi, I've had my laptop for about 2 years and 6-8 weeks ago I started to get the 'activate windows message'. Windows was pre installed when I purchased the laptop and was already activated. I haven't done a complete factory reset but have done a couple system restores in the past. Basically I can't activate as I don't have a product key - no discs came with the laptop and the product key is not anywhere on the box or stuck onto the laptop. I'm trying to upgrade to windows 10 (I think the deadline is today (26 July 16) but I need a product key. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks! arpc

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Setup a dual boot win7/xp both 32bit about a year ago and the system had been working fine. Used EasyBCD initially to configure.

Just very recently after powering up the system displays the loading operating system and it just hangs there. If I select to chose which device to use for boot from at start up, then the system would boot and load the booloader for me to chose between win7 or xp. It just got worse, that trick stopped working. So I tried to load the optimized defaults in bios and then safe defaults and it did not help. At this booted the system with win7 install disk and tried to do a repair system no go. Then I discovered by dum luck that if I have the install disk in system and when it's time to hit any key to boot from the disk I did not do anything then it would eventually revert to the bootloader dual setup for win7 or xp shows up again and I 'm able to boot into win7 but not XP.

Tried to use easybcd again but now I have two winxp options in the bootloader setup to chose from and only one works but it is an older install that is bear empty.

I'm not sure where the problem or problems exactly at.

Your input and help is appreciated

A:dual boot windows 7/xp problem developed after been working for a year

Try marking WIn7 partition Active first then run Startup Repair 3 Separate Times
with reboots in between each, to write or repair the System Boot files upon the WIn7 partition.

Partition - Mark as Active (Method Two)

Once Win7 starts, install EasyBCD 2.02 to add XP, accept boot files, let it autocomplete drive letter, Save, Reboot to Dual Boot screen. If necessary remove an existing XP listing if it's failing to add it again using Easy.

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It's been a bad week for conspiracy theorists. As the Windows 10 launch nears, Microsoft is clearing up loose ends. Today's announcement of a 10-year support commitment for Windows 10 should remove one persistent bit of FUD from the discussion.With the global launch of Windows 10 less than two weeks away, Microsoft's lawyers and business managers are finishing the pieces of the puzzle that don't involve code.Earlier this week, Microsoft published its license terms for Windows 10. Today, the company updated its support lifecycle policy for the new OS. In the process, they've cleared up the confusion over a phrase that defines the new Windows 10 servicing model.Microsoft commits to 10-year support lifecycle for Windows 10Yet another article that clears about a lot of conspiracie theories. It should calm down the allegations going around that section quite a bit.

A:"Microsoft commits to 10-year support lifecycle for Windows 10", via ZDNet

Really?  Yeah, then run winver.exe see the EULA yourself.  NOTHING of that is in it.  Ed Bott didn't even know where the EULA was.  But you just run winver.exe on your machine, see for yourself.  The version is no longer 'preview'.  But activated.
EDIT: he finally gave the address as Windows\System32\Licenses -- a bad answer, because that's only AFTER agreeing to the installation.  Not published or easily readable, PRE installation.
You've no idea how little trust in MSFT remains.  It's not me personally griping about this.  I'm taking on the 'character' of the thing in general to dramatise it.  But the deafness at MSFT goes on, and people are getting so tired, even a 'free' offer is distrusted. Does that tell you anything?
But oh, the valid and DOCUMENTED complaints get the reply, 'oh, you're just an MSFT hater!'  Or publicly accused of wearing a tinfoil hat.  Really?  It's an old adage that someone replies with an insult, only when he can't refute.
So a good EULA is key.  And it's not there.

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Hi everyone
I have a windows 8.1 RTM professional Retail+1 year Office 2013 license and I downloaded an iso of windows 8.1 pro from media creator manually then install that . But It have an error in my Active Windows:
Error Code : 0xC004C003
and when I try to active windows with cmd I have This error code :

Error code: 0xC004F009
License Status: Notification
Notification Reason: 0xC004F009 (grace time expired).

and in System my Windows is :(( NOT ACTIVE )):  :}

and I don't Know how to active my Office t00
 Thanks .

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I recently got reply of my mail to do developers of Doodle Army and they state that Doodle Army 2 : Mini Militia is coming to Windows this year and DA3 will be coming on next year....
So be happy guys....

A:Doodle Army 2 : Mini Militia Coming to Windows This Year!!!

See the screenshot of the mail:!AuJyOui3JEAMjNpcF_SCKEojNI6ZZA

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Being pretty happy with finally making the jump to Windows 7 64 bit on my newer machine a few months ago, I'd now like to also upgrade my 10 year old dual Xeon workhorse from XP SP3 to Windows 7 32 bit.

It's a Super Micro P4DCE+II - Super Micro Computer, Inc. - Products | Motherboards | Xeon Boards | P4DCE+II

I'm wondering about the Intel 860 chipset drivers and Windows 7 compatibility, The drivers linked on Super Micro's site only list XP as the most recent OS supported and the same on Intel's site.

I've seen this page - intel drivers pour chipsets - is this what I want?

Would this be as easy as installing Windows 7 then installing a chipset package from station-drivers? If so, which version would be best?

A:10 year old Super Micro P4DCE+II Intel 860 Chipset and Windows 7

You might be able to get something working. It's possible there are vista drivers available that will give you some joy in win 7. The honest truth is that scenario is prone to crashes largely because of the vast difference between how vista and win 7 handle power management.

Honestly I would suggest keeping xp on that machine, as even vista drivers seem to be in short supply for your specific chipset (just basing that on a quick search though)

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What's more, according to a blog post published Friday by researchers from antivirus provider F-Secure, the rogue exit node was tied to the "MiniDuke" gang, which previously infected government agencies and organizations in 23 countries with highly advanced malware that uses low-level code to stay hidden. MiniDuke was intriguing because it bore the hallmark of viruses first encountered in the mid-1990s, when shadowy groups such as 29A engineered innovative pieces of malware for fun and then documented them in an E-zine of the same name. Written in assembly language, most MiniDuke files were tiny. Their use of multiple levels of encryption and clever coding tricks made the malware hard to detect and difficult to reverse engineer. The code also contained references to Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy and alluded to 666, the "mark of the beast" discussed in the biblical Book of Revelation
For a year, gang operating rogue Tor node infected Windows executables
I never used TOR, For some reason I never trusted it.

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my mom has 6 years of photos on one of her 500GB HD's. She hates windows 7. Her latest complaint that I have not been able to figure out is folder sorting.

Mom has a folder called "camera dump" in the "my pictures" folder.
In the camera dump she has 6 years of folders containing photographs.

Currently windows 7 is sorting the left side screen like this:


The problem is mom wants them in proper chronological order.. In other words, all of 2011 in proper order Jan to Dec, and 2012 after that, and 2013 after that.

Can anyone tell me how to do that? Ive tried just about every sorting option I can find in windows 7.
I suggested to her that she use YEAR master folders, then put the months inside as sub folders.


A:How do I make windows 7 sort photo folders by year, month, date?

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WINDOWS 10 on an HP Slate 2! Steve Balmer's "iPad Killer"
Anyone remember the HP Slate? Steve Balmer (of Microsoft) showed it in CES JUST before the iPad presentation (see pic below) and presented it and Microsoft's real answer to this "iPad" or "iTablet" no one had yet seen. He showed had it could be used as a ebook reader (silly Balmer) and how it was really a computer in your hand. But with Windows 7 it needed a stylus (even though it had a full 5 finger touch screen.
But FINALLY With windows 10. it's the iPad killer everyone really wanted.... (Well back then)
Windows 10 can be installed EASILY on the HP Slate 2 and probably the HP Slate 500.
How? Didn't you get the "we're still validating" message.
Here are the steps to get your HP Slate 2 (and probably Slate 500 to WINDOWS 10
1) Make sure you have 3 GIGS free (more like more than 7 GIGS) in your hard disk.
2) GO to your control panel (no matter which version of windows you have installed) and make sure you run the "WINDOWS UPDATE" and have it update until there are NO MORE UPDATES (This IS important no matter which version of windows you have running because you need the updates that gives you the little windows 10 logo you have to click on. more on that below)
If you're on windows 8 (not 8.1), UPGRADE to windows 8.1 (this IS required. the updates to windows 10 is from windows 7 or Windows 8.1, NOT 8) and also update until you ca... Read more

A:Windows 10 on a 5 year old Tablet (The HP Slate - Steve Balmer's "iPad killer")

I hope the touch experience only gets better.

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Let me start out by saying a clean install is the better way to go; however there may be some instances where a motherboard swap without having to reinstall is preferred. If you are like me and want to avoid all of the custom settings, shared drives, etc; then this option can save a LOT of time.
Recently I did this task on my own network storage system or home server. Some more modern parts became available to me for doing a build. Not only was the motherboard swapped, the system drive was cloned from an ide drive to a more modern sata drive. Here is how you go about swapping boards without a clean install.
This will work on both sata and ide type drives however if you have sata and the sata controller mode is set to AHCI or Raid, you may have problems. If your sata controller mode is set to ahci, you can attempt to swap to native ide in the system bios before beginning this task. If it boots using native ide, then you should be able to do the swap. If it does not boot when changing the controller mode, then you are out of luck.
The old motherboard was a NForce4 with a single core AMD FX-55. The new board was an Epox 945 intel chipset with a Pentium D 940. It does not get much more different than those two chipsets/cpus.

With the old board still installed, do the following. During this procedure, DO NOT reboot. Tell the system later for the reboot.
1 Uninstall any software that is dependent on the old board. This would be things like onboard sound driver, onboard nic driver,... Read more

A:Moving a windows install or swapping motherboards without a clean install of windows.

Very informative thanks for posting

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Microsoft Windows Mobile Remote Adapter -from windows update Install  failed - Where can I find this so I can retry to re-install - mobile device does not connect  WINDOWS VISTA- verizon treo running windows mobile 6 professional CE OS 5.2.1620 (BUILD 18125.0.4.2) Here is the error message: Microsoft Corporation - Networking - Microsoft Windows Mobile Remote Adapter Installation date: ‎10/‎4/‎2009 12:02 PM Installation status: Failed Error details: Code 800F020B Update type: Recommended Microsoft Corporation Networking software update released in May, 2007 More information: Help and Support: I could not find anything to help me with this.. I did download & install the new Windows mobile device center v 6.1.6965  but the device will still not connect.. i'm thinking the failure of the Microsoft Windows Mobile Remote Adapter is the problem (i think)  so I want to re-install the update.. but don't know where to get it. Windows update in VISTA does not let you go out and pick an update from a list Any and all help appreciated

A:Microsoft Windows Mobile Remote Adapter -from windows update Install failed - Where can I find this so I can retry to re-install - mobile device does not connect

Your best option may be to open device manager (with device connected) and uninstall any related device, making sure the 'Delete driver software for this device' is checked.Once you have done this, unplug your device, uninstall WMDC 6.1 and reboot your machine. Then follow the instruction on my first reply, this should sort it for you.If anyone is helpfull, please click the 'Vote as helpfull' icon.
If anyone has answered, please click 'Suggest as answer' at the bottom of the post involved :)


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I swapped out the HDD on my wife's laptop with a new SSD, and did a fresh install of Windows 7.

My wife liked the live mail, and the photo viewer, and had the 2009 version on the old system, I think. can only install the new Windows Essentials 2012, or it's individual components....or so I thought.

I tried doing that, and first it hung on the "install", until I got fed up and cancelled. A couple more attempts, and it said it couldn't install mail, movie maker and photo viewer. I tried the offline installer, tried finding an older version....with no luck.

It would keep installing OneDrive though, if I tried to install the entire suite.

One thing I found out is, that if there are any components/program files from previous versions, it won't install, or so I read. If I go to C:\Program files, and/or C:\Program files(x86), there are folders for Live essentials components. Obviously it came with the fresh Windows 7. I'm pretty sure that is the reason, but if I simply try to right click and delete those folders, it tells me I need permission from TrustedInstaller to make changes to the folders.

It's ridiculous.

Any help/feedback GREATLY appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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Hello form, this is my first question. I'm thinking of getting myself and my daughter a new computer later this year. But I heard that next year or maybe even late this year, Microsoft will come out with a whole new OS called longhorn. Should I wait until after this new OS comes out, because I'm afraid that if I buy a new PC this year, it will be out dated as soon as longhorn comes out. Have any of you heard about when this new OS system will come out, and is it worth me just waiting until then to buy a new PC? Thanks again for your time..

A:Should I get a new pc this year

PC and OS are 2 different things - An XP system will be fine for a long time

You don't want a new OS for at least 5 months after release

What do you have now - Model/Make - speed -memory- OS

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My mom's 10+ year old computer died the other day. The light indicator for the PSU lights up but the computer doesn't do anything. When I took a look inside I saw the processor fan was just caked with gunk, dust, etc. It looked like somebody threw mud at it.

Anyways, she has this stuff on her HDD that she was wanting to retrieve. I thought I could just take the HDD out of her computer and hook it into mine and get whatever data she wanted that way and burn it to disc. Is that possible? Or is there another way? My computer is a year old, btw, and runs Windows 7 Home Premium. Her computer was running windows xp sp2.

I don't know what other information to provide for a response right now.


A:10+ year old HDD

It would be a fairly simple thing to do. Due to the age, I assume it is a PATA drive, or IDE connection as it is referred te.

Do you have an external HDD enclosure?

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Hello, I am looking to upgrade to an new PC next year and I need some advise on the direction I should go. I would like to stay between 1,200-1,500 for a gaming PC.

My PC specs
OS Name Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Version 10.0.10586 Build 10586
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Type x64-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3570K CPU @ 3.40GHz, 3401 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. 2104, 8/13/2013
SMBIOS Version 2.7
Embedded Controller Version 255.255
BIOS Mode Legacy
BaseBoard Manufacturer ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
BaseBoard Model Not Available
BaseBoard Name Base Board
Platform Role Desktop
Secure Boot State Unsupported
PCR7 Configuration Binding Not Possible
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "10.0.10586.0"
Time Zone Eastern Standard Time
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 8.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 7.94 GB
Available Physical Memory 3.28 GB
Total Virtual Memory 15.9 GB
Available Virtual Memory 8.93 GB
Page File Space 8.00 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys
Hyper-V - VM Monitor Mode Extensions Yes
Hyper-V - Second Level Address Translation Extensions Yes
Hyper-V - Virtualization Enabled in Firmware No
Hyper-V - Data Execution Protection Yes

Cosair 750w cxmod 80+br2 ATX power supply

Name AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series
PNP Device ID PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_6818&SUBSYS_0B041002&REV_00\4&C9... Read more

A:New Year=New PC

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Hello! I see the price list in the website
it looks like a cheap price,especially for .cn

.cn$5.76; .com $6.71;.net$6.71;.hk $32.94; .tw $23.53; .name $6.52; .ws $12.17.....
they even say that offer free trail.

but only for thier high level reseller, I only want my own .cn
domain name who can offer me a more cheap place to register!?

thanks!$5.76 a year??

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It's 1 year since I had made a question here............... Didn't get any answer.  HP is ignoring problems.......... Here is my question

A:No one help me in 1 year

Hi, Please check your post last year: Regards.

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hello everyone, hope the new year goes well for you all

i was in BBR when this tool WinPFind was mentioned, so i gave it a try, i have a query on my hosts file list it created, it isnt anything like the mvps, or hpgurus list, so i was wondering if someone could explain it to me
sorry its long, but here's the log

aspack 7/12/2005 1:38:52 PM 2714976 C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\MRT.exe
aspack 4/08/2004 12:56:38 AM 708096 C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\ntdll.dll
Umonitor 4/08/2004 12:56:46 AM 657920 C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\rasdlg.dll
winsync 29/08/2002 8:00:00 PM 1309184 C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\wbdbase.deu

Checking %System%\Drivers folder and sub-folders...
PTech 3/08/2004 10:41:38 PM 1309184 C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\drivers\mtlstrm.sys

Items found in C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\drivers\etc\HOSTS media-6.vpptechnologie... Read more

A:Hello All, Best In The New Year

my appolagies on the wrong place, still looking at where it all fits

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I am confused. Does the 1 year free upgrade mean that I have only one year to take advamtage of the upgrade or does it mean the free upgrade will have to be purchased after one year to continue to work?

A:What does 1 year mean?

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....I investigate, of course, and find that our laptop is beseiged with popups, redirects from Yahoo / Google and general slowness. I also noticed that my system restore points are gone & can't run MBA.

I posted a topic here not to long ago as this same pc was repeatedly getting infected, Norton / MBA would report several infections, which they would fix, only to have the pc get reinfected again a couple of days later.
I could really use your help, again
DDS & RootRepeal logs attached

A:So my 11 year old says "Dad I think we have a problem..."

Welcome to the BleepingComputer Forums. Since it has been a few days since you scanned your computer with HijackThis, we will need a new HijackThis log. If you have not already downloaded Random's System Information Tool (RSIT), please download Random's System Information Tool (RSIT) by random/random which includes a HijackThis log and save it to your desktop. If you have RSIT already on your computer, please run it again. Double click on RSIT.exe to run RSIT. Click Continue at the disclaimer screen. Please post the contents of log.txt. Thank you for your patience.Please see Preparation Guide for use before posting about your potential Malware problem. If you have already posted this log at another forum or if you decide to seek help at another forum, please let us know. There is a shortage of helpers and taking the time of two volunteer helpers means that someone else may not be helped. Please post your HijackThis log as a reply to this thread and not as an attachment. I am always leery of opening attachments so I always request that HijackThis logs are to be posted as a reply to the thread. I do not think that you are attaching anything scary but others may do so. While we are working on your HijackThis log, please: Reply to this thread; do not start another! Do not make any changes on your computer during the cleaning process or download/add programs on your computer unless instructed to do so. Do not run any other tool until ... Read more

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A year has gone by, and i still have the same virus, the same problem, just on more computers. Basically my network got hacked, then destroyed with this virus. I have tried eveything in the last year to no extent.

The problem is that the virus/malware is located in the system files, outside the harddrive, under linux, that's how i found it. You can't see it in windows, and when you do, it's all over.

Basically, the virus is hiding in the /rofs filesystem, and is not deletable because he his filesystem. Not only that, he creates a 2.5gig file system of his own and uses that to poison any system i install, including BSD, Linux, Windows, Dos, and some obscure ones.

He infects the mbr and userinit.exe when i put windows in, givivng me an infection before i even start the computer. Changing the harddrive has no impact, he's "above" that, higher up in the file commands.

Any ideas or suggestions, i will openly take,


Than You

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Hello! Iv had Blue Screens Since i first bought my PC. I'm really counting on your help to solve this problem of mine.
PC Specs (my built)
CPU:- Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 2600k @4.4 ghz
Motherboard:- Asus P8Z68-V Pro
GPU:- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 570 Super Overclock
RAM:- 2x4GB DDR3 @ 1333 MHz Kingston HyperX Blue Series
PSU:- Cooler Master GX 750W
Cooler:- Corsair H100
SSD:- Patriot Pyro 120 GB Sata III
HDD:- Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 SATA 3Gb/s 500-GB Hard Drive
Using Windows 7
On first month experienced freeze on desktop.
Solved it by upgrading SSD firmware to 3.2.2. That stoped the freezes.
Later on crashes would happen randomly while i was gaming. TF2, BF3, COD and so.
At times screen would go black, green, pink. Sound would start to loop an annoying sound.BZZZZZZZ(loop of the last sound played)
Tried all nvidia driver changes problem would not stop but i left it to that.

December 2012 Installed Win8
The same problem continued.
Upgraded Bios to 3402
Tested Ram for errors with memtest over nights and it came clean.
Tested CPU with Orthos everything was smooth.
Tested GPU with Furmark and no problem.
Mal-ware - Swept
Memory - Quadruple checked
Temperatures - Stable
Hard Drives - Error Free
Drivers - All up to date (Realtek Audio Driver for my board still in beta, but even after uninstall game still crashes.)
Upgraded again Firmware of my SSD to 5.0.2
Pyro Firmware Update Rev. 5.0.2 - Improved Power Manag... Read more

A:BSOD for more than a year

Recommendations:Disable Verifier for now:Start Menu -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Right click Command Prompt -> Run as administrator -> Type the following command and then Enter:
verifier /reset
-> Restart your computer.I suspect crashes are due to your Internet Download Manager software. The crashes are blaming your Intel(R) Gigabit Adapter NDIS 6.x driver, which is up to date and unlikely to cause problems.
Uninstall Internet Download Manager
Outdated and Problematic Drivers:You should update/replace/remove the following drivers. Any drivers that are known to cause BSODs, please remove the software or remove the drivers and then remove the device; steps to do so are given after the list of outdated drivers.
wdcsam64.sys Wed Apr 16 02:39:08 2008 (4805BB2C)
Western Digital SCSI Arcitecture Model (SAM) WDM driver[br]2008 driver version has known BSOD issues in Win7

hotcore3.sys Fri Mar 20 04:35:11 2009 (49C3715F)
HotBackup by Paragon Software Group.

HECIx64.sys Tue Oct 19 17:33:43 2010 (4CBE2AD7)
Intel Management Engine Interface

jraid.sys Thu May 19 01:55:18 2011 (4DD4CCE6)
JMicron RAID Driver

RimSerial_AMD64.sys Wed J... Read more

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bilgisayar?mda i?lem yap?yordum birden bire ye?il çizgiler ç?kt? renkler dei?i?iyor ne yapmal?y?m 

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It was about this time last year that I my machine came down with a malware problem when I downloaded a CD crack to game (yes, I owned but didn't want to have the CD in the drive everytime I played it) and foolishly forgot to scan it with the antivirus.

A few days ago I downloaded a video on modding one's cell phone and in Windows Media Player was asked if I could install a codec called Aquaplayer. This was a mistake (must start listening to those nagging voices in my head). Now I have my floppy drive (yes, I still use one) being accessed every minute, can't get to certain hard drives in explorer - have to type in the letter and colon in the address bar to get there, and have noticed that A Squared, Ad Aware, and AVG can't access their update sites anymore. Add to this the a general slowing down of performance and I'm certain I'm infected.

So, as per the sticky thread, here's the DDS report:

DDS (Ver_09-01-07.01) - FAT32x86
Run by Falco at 13:23:01.18 on Sat 01/24/2009
Internet Explorer: 6.0.2900.5512
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.3071.2388 [GMT -5:00]

AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free *On-access scanning enabled* (Outdated)
FW: ZoneAlarm Pro Firewall *enabled*

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Awa... Read more

A:That Time of Year Again


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In cell D16 I have the date do I have JUST 00 (for the year 2000) show up in cell H16.

If I hade 13-04-2001......01 to show up for 2001 and so on and so on?

It's is probably something very simple but I am a newbie so I need all the help I can get

Thank you

A:Excel year

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Hi guys, I am going to be building a new computer for the next year and i have some questions regarding what to use.My current comp specs are in sig so you can use those to compare.
Ok first. I plan on building the new one with either a Q9300 or a E8600. So if i where to use a new Core i7 920 insted, on one of the new Intel Extreme boards would i notice that much of a difference? Also if i did end up useing one of the new boards i would have to use ddr3, would there be a significant difference between 2G DDR3 and 4G DDR2? Thanks for any help guys.

A:New Year, build Help.

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Alright, first off I only have Windows XP, no service packs seeing as my family shared the disk and it became an "illegal copy"

This computer started out as my moms computer and we've owned it for 8-9 years, I'm getting a new computer around the 20th but I want to know if there's anything I can do.

I logged on the other day to find my start bar to be... More than lacking. Instead of the bulky blue roundish start bar I was reverted back to the old fashioned on, my background was gone and there was a good number of processes were missing. After a couple more restarts I lost my quicklaunch. My internet connection doesn't even realize it's there and is refusing to work and I'm right now typing from another computer.

My main problem is that I don't want to lose a lot of important things, I'm a writer and have a lot of my work saved there, if I could fix it for at least a day I would have the ability to email my most important things.

As an add in, I tried to system restore but it claimed the only day I could go back to was today, pretty pathetic.

A:9 year old computer

and welcome to the Forum

You can take the hard drive out and trmporarily attach it to a working pc in place of a CD/DVD drive to salvage the data

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Im trying to reformat my old alienware but as soon as i press delete partition i get a blue screen. "Windows has detected a problem and has shutdown to prevent damage to your computer."

what do i do lol?

A:7 year old alienware

Are you trying to delete partition from within Windows?
That won't work.
You have to boot from Windows CD.

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Happy New Year to a very helpful group of people!

A:Happy New Year

I'll second that!

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Note:Could only get PERFMON to upload, I tried to zip the other requested files jcrgriff2 files but get upload failed message. I will try again.
Hoping you can help-have been working on this alot since December although the problems have been going on almost since we purchased.

Have a Dell Inspiron 580 with Intel Core i3 CPU 530 @2.93GHZ
6GB Ram
64 bit operating system (attempted reinstall 12/28/10 don't know if it took)
Windows 7 came installed when purchased computer
Purchased computer 2/2010
Have had BSOD since about a month after purchase. Have tried to use Event Viewer to figure out causes and deleted things that appeared in error messages such as uninstalling and removing McAfee (then downloading from website), removed Nikon files, updated BIOS, checked all drivers for new software,

Have tried working with Dell service, they had us "reseat" the fan/heat sink, and run diagnostics with no error messages. Ran memory diagnostics today however can't find the results (screen flashed so fast didn't catch it)

Thank you in advance for any help!

A:BSOD-Almost a year-Need help

For your Memory Diagnostics Results open Event Viewer >> System r-click and select Find... Enter MemoryDiagnostics-Results in the Find what: box and select Find Next

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I have an Acer Aspire 3100 that I got for Christmas in late 2006. I'm still using it to this day with Windows 7 as it came with Windows XP. However, the 60GB HDD it came with is starting to give me trouble so I was thinking about upgrading to an SSD.

Would this be possible with my laptop? I'm not entirely sure of the HDD connection but I believe it may be IDE. If this is the case, then will I need to get some kind of SATA to IDE adapter to use an SSD, or do they possibly make SSD's that can fit my laptop? I can only hope that I am not out of luck when it comes to upgrading the sustainability of my old and faithful mobile computing device.

Thank you for the helpful, yet knowledgeable replies.

A:SSD on 5 year old laptop?

The Aspire 3100 appears to use a 2.5" ATA100 (PATA) drive.

As far as I know, SSDs in that form factor are SATA.

While SATA to IDE adapters appear to exist, I'd be surprised if one would fit in a laptop. (I haven't checked for the 3100, but it may include a proprietary mounting adapter, that would have to be transferred to a replacement HD.) Can't swear that it's impossible.

A quick look at shows a couple of 2.5" PATA 5400 RPM replacement drives, so at least you can keep the old laptop alive.

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What does it mean when your warranty on the back of your laptop says Y1Y1Y0?

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A:Got 2 year warranty but it says 1

Hi: The info you are referring to means 1 Year parts, 1 Year labor, and 0 Years on site service. My HP business desktop PC's have 3y/3y/3y.   3 years parts, 3 years labor and 3 years on site service.  In other words, the techs will come to my house to fix my PC for up to 3 years.  

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I can no longer ignore this anymore...after browsing the net for 15 minutes, I need to open the close program box (Ctrl + Alt + Delete) and close iexplore. I need to repeat this process for as long as I stay online or web pages will not load. I use AOL ( I know, I know) with a dial up modem (high tech) but surf the web with Netscape 7.2. My computer may be old, but I don't have the $$$ to buy a better one and I am technically challenged (as if you don't know by now) so if anyone can point me in the right direction to fix this, I will name my first born after you...

Here is my Hijack This log...

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 6:16:34 PM, on 6/6/05
Platform: Windows 98 SE (Win9x 4.10.2222A)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS... Read more

A:I have had this problem for 1 year now...need help

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hello there,i was wondering if there is a new autoroute 2003?
help with a link would be appreciated,also i'm havin problems with my internet download accelerator 1.6 there a better accelerator out there?...thanx

A:is there a new autoroute this year??

Autoroute 2003

Download Fresh Download (freeware, No spyware)

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